Creating a masterwork of art can be like wandering through a maze: after a lengthy period of reflection and contemplation, you’ll still probably starve. Appreciate the figurative risks and transcendent joys of artistic creativity with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get one painting session at Cheers to Art! in Madeira (up to a $35 value).
The painting pedagogues at the laid-back Cheers to Art! studio guide novices through group painting sessions while letting guests kick back with a retailed beer or wine purchased on site. Customers begin their picture-creating journey by perusing the Cheers to Art! schedule of themed paint eves—such as the Roebling Bridge, SkylineatNight, or Funky Tree—before attending an evening affair of artistic expression fit for a date night, a night out for a gaggle of girls, or a therapy session for Salvador Dali impersonators unable to draw on their own mustaches. Cheers to Art! furnishes all the accouterments necessary to complete the 2-D opus (including an apron, though painters should wear clothing that can use a little color), and hands-on instruction obviates the fear of not knowing what to do next. Feel free to further augment the night's levity with a glass of wine or bottled beer purchased from the studio’s collection.
The white-walled studio, laced in inspirational paintings, hosts a bounty of natural light spilling in from the large storefront façade. Hunker down into a seat at one of the long tables that host a conga line of provided wooden easels with 16'' x 20'' canvases, paint, and brush-soothing water cups, or begin the night by admiring the hardwood floor, which can be turned into a trompe l'oeil masterpiece with the studio’s paints and a photographic recollection of the Grand Canyon.